Department of Applied Physics

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The Department of Applied Physics pursues vigorous research activities in the field of physical sciences with important industrial applications and technological potential. Much of the research is focused on condensed matter and materials physics, on quantum physics and nano-optics, and on advanced energy sciences.

Condensed matter physics focuses on the exploration of the physical laws that control the behaviour of condensed phases, from simple solids and liquids, to more exotic phases seen in superconductors and topological materials. It is the most active in modern physics and its multidisciplinary character means it touches on key aspects of, for example, chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology and biophysics. As such, it lies at the heart of nearly all technology developments, while offering deep insight into many fundamental questions in physics. The department hosts a variety of experimental and theoretical groups in the area, with strong research efforts moving from detailed quantum descriptions, through atomistic and statistical approaches, to device and material characterization.

Advanced energy solutions form a wide and multi-disciplinary research area extending from atomic-scale materials science to global-scale energy networks and human behavior. The future of (electrical) power production is one of today's greatest societal challenges. The energy research at the department proceeds along two main directions: future nuclear power production, with focus on fusion plasma physics, reactor physics and radiation-matter interactions, and renewable energy technologies with focus on solar cells, fuel cells and innovative energy systems.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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